There wasn’t a single tornado reported anywhere in the United States in February – until a small, weak one touched down for three minutes northeast of Taft, California, on Feb. 27.
There hasn’t been a 0-for-February in the U.S. since the National Weather Service began keeping tornado records in 1950. Before last Saturday’s brief tornado in California, the last twister reported in the U.S. was in north-central Tennessee on Jan. 24.
The last month to go tornado-less in the U.S. was January 2003, according to Harold Brooks, a research meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Okla.
“What does this tell us about the rest of the 2010 tornado season? Somewhere between a little and nothing at all,” Brooks writes in the U.S. Severe Weather blog.
I’ll write more about projections for the upcoming tornado season in Kansas soon.